In general yes, I clean my media in my canister filter once a month but know people who leave it longer.I have hob filters. The media needs to be cleaned (or floss replaced) at least every 2 weeks. Do canister filter media need cleaning less often if properly sized for tank?
But be careful. The water appears clean because organic waste gets trapped in the filter. The bacteria copes well with this and you have zero ammonia or nitrite. But this can easily turn into a nitrate factory. I used to manage this by using a sponge pre-filter (just a simple sponge filter stuck onto the filter inlet without an air pump attached). This meant that I could remove the organics every week and only cleaned my canister every 3 months.In general yes, I clean my media in my canister filter once a month but know people who leave it longer.
I mean this oneBy built in filter do you mean something like a Fluval Flex? Or an in tank filter? I have always used in tank filters because it came with the kit, no other reason besides that. I do like HOB filters and I plan to get one for my new 29g when I go to pick it up.
I use a combination of sponge and floss..I feel the floss traps smaller particles than the sponge and thus water is clearer than just spongeall filters should be cleaned at least once a month and every 2 weeks is better. the only exception to this is when the filter is new, then it shouldn't be cleaned for the first 6 weeks.
filter floss is a waste of money, sponges are better and last for years.
I concur. In my 10g betta tank I have this nice filter from Tetra. It has your regular floss and carbon, but it also have a sponge in there that trips big stuff. Id personally say go with the HOB.I use a combination of sponge and floss..I feel the floss traps smaller particles than the sponge and thus water is clearer than just sponge